The history of alcohol in the United States is…complicated. Considering Prohibition threw a wrench in the drinks industry just as it started to build a strong foundation, there was a lot of ground to make up for after the 21st Amendment was repealed.
Post-Prohibition, Americans weren’t worried about what we know as “craft” today. They wanted their drinks hard and wanted them fast. As time went on, we experienced waves of various trends across wine, beer, and spirits that are important chapters in the American drinking canon through the years.
Try to keep track of it all, and you’ll find yourself staring at a wall of clippings and photos tied together with red string. Thankfully, there’s a much easier (and much more aesthetically pleasing) way to see how alcohol trends have changed throughout America.
We turn to The Great American Tipple Timeline Poster when it’s time to refresh our knowledge. This poster is the definitive timeline of America’s drinking trends, from the era of Speakeasies to the White Claw wave.
The key showcases trends over long periods of time, such as the explosion of tiki bars, and key milestone events, like the frozen Margarita machine’s invention. This way, you can see how these major moments impacted the trends that followed and how different stages transitioned as years went on.
While extremely informative, it’s also absolutely striking. The super sleek, original design is printed on matte, museum-quality poster paper, ready to become a conversation piece in your home bar or study.
It makes a fantastic gift for anyone who loves history, drinks, or the history of drinks, but we wouldn’t recommend you gifting one without snatching a copy for yourself.